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Endoscopic bypass vein-graft harvesting no worse than open method
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A massive observational study shows the mortality rate for CABG surgery patients is about the same whether their vein grafts are harvested endoscopically or with the traditional open method and that harvest-site wound complications are less common with the endoscopic method. More



HHS grants to help veterans become physician assistants
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The federal health department will devote $2.3 million to helping train new physician assistants, focusing on veterans who want civilian jobs in healthcare. "If you can save a life on the battlefield in Afghanistan, you can save a life here at home," said Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in a statement. More

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Fundamental Critical Care Support course
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According to the Society of Critical Care, this Fundamental Critical Care Support Course is a two-day comprehensive course addressing fundamental management principles for the first 24 hours of critical care. It will prepare you for the first 24 hours of management of the critically ill patient until transfer or appropriate critical care consultation can be arranged. It is also designed to assist the non-intensivist in dealing with sudden deterioration of the critically ill patient and to prepare nurses and other critical care practitioners to deal with acute deterioration in the critically ill patient.

Course Purpose
• To better prepare the non-intensivist for the first 24 hours of management of the critically ill patient until transfer or appropriate critical care consultation can be arranged
• To assist the non-intensivist in dealing with sudden deterioration of the critically ill patient
• To prepare house staff for ICU coverage
•To prepare critical care practitioners to deal with acute deterioration in the critically ill patient.

Course Objectives
• Prioritize assessment needs for the critically ill patient
• Select appropriate diagnostic tests
• Identify and respond to significant changes in the unstable patient
• Recognize and initiate management of acute life-threatening conditions
• Determine the need for expert consultation and/or patient transfer and prepare the practitioner for optimally accomplishing transfer

For more information and to register, go to our website.


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Safety plan cuts infections in colon surgery
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Surgical site infections after colorectal surgery decreased by a third after implementation of a surgery- and unit-based safety program, investigators reported. The incidence of SSIs declined from 27.3 percent in the 12 months prior to initiation of the safety program to 18.2 percent in the 12 months afterward, as reported online in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. More

Surgeons balk at withdrawing life support after medical errors
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Nearly two-thirds of surgeons are unwilling to honor a patient's request to end life support after operating on that patient, and they are less willing to do so when a surgical error occurs, said a study in Annals of Surgery in July. More



Increased heart attack risk tied to total hip, knee replacements
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Total hip replacement and total knee replacement surgeries have been associated with increased risk of acute myocardial infarction in the first two weeks after the surgical procedures, according to report published online by Archives of Internal Medicine, a JAMA Network publication. More

High-tech implant introduced to treat urinary incontinence
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The urodynamics unit at the Hamad Medical Corp.'s Urology Department introduced an advanced sacral neuro-modulation surgical device called the Intersim Implant, or bladder pacemaker, to treat those suffering from urinary incontinence. The device, which has a lifespan of 5 to 8 years, is implanted through a procedure known as the sacral nerve stimulation — a minimally invasive procedure to treat urge incontinence, overactive bladder, urinary retention or interstitial cystitis. More

Study highlights success of nerve transfer surgery
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A study in the August issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons by Hospital for Special Surgery researchers aims to raise awareness of this type of surgery among healthcare providers. In recent years, great strides have been made in nerve transfer surgery, allowing many patients with a nerve injury in their upper extremity to have a remarkable recovery and improved functional outcomes. More

Rare spinal surgery cuts chronic pain for wounded Marine
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Mark Burleson awoke to unimaginable pain a month after the bomb he had been disarming detonated in his hands. "My injuries were extensive, to say the least," said the 31-year-old Marine staff sergeant, who had severe burns, shattered bones and a brain injury from the December 2011 blast in Afghanistan's Helmand province. Powerful drugs were no match for Burleson's constant agony. And despite coming home from a war zone, the married father of three felt worlds away. More
 

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